Angie Yakush, a contestant on the CBS show Survivor: Palau, died Jan. 8 in New Orleans from cancer at the age of 40, news reported.
Born in Wokesha, Wisconsin, Yakush lived in San Francisco and New York before moving to New Orleans.
Yakush was selected to take part in the show in 2005 while working as a bartender. She immediately attracted attention in the show because of her colorful tattoos. However, she confused low expectations and became a popular contestant among viewers. She survived several tribal councils before being voted on.